Kolkata : West Bengal Zoo authority informed media that it has decided to stop admittance of Kangaroos in future, henceforth, as upkeep of these marsupials poses a difficulty due to their exotic habitat requirements. With the death of the lone red kangaroo in captivity in India, the Kolkata Zoo authorities have decided against keeping the pouched mammals in future. The official said — We have decided that we won’t bring anymore kangaroos in the near future. Henceforth, our focus will be on species found in eastern India and not exotic species. There may be issues with the environment, management of the animal or suitability of the enclosure. We don’t know there can be so many problems so we will avoid them.
In case of exotic species which are not found in India or in a neighboring state — the environment, he added, poses challenges and more often than not, proves to be non-complementing to their natural habitat requirements, and thus, seem to be not suitable for their survival. Originating from the land of Australia, the natives of Australia — the red kangaroo is the largest of all marsupials. Kolkata zoo had brought four individuals of the species from Czech Republic few time ago, in 2011, but all of them died one after the other in the next few months. Progenation had taken place, and, nine months before its death, one of them had given birth to a baby kangaroo which died last October aged four. It was the last red kangaroo in captivity in India.
Former Zoo Director K. L. Ghosh, under whose tenure the incident was reported, mentioned about the baby Kangaroo and detailed — It was suffering from chronic myopathy disease inherited from parents who had also died from it. The disease causes muscle degeneration and even affects the heart and lungs. It was living all alone all these years. We looked for a mate but could not find one.
Spread over 45 acres in Alipore, the Kolkata Zoo is one of the oldest in India and is now home to over 1250 animals including rare and endangered species.